Fast-Paced Thursday Affair
Uruguay and South Korea are both known as feisty. Expect a 90-minute, back-and-forth Thursday battle. Uruguay are favored to finish second in Group H, priced at +175. Meanwhile, the Tigers of Asia at +1000. So, the winner of this match has one foot in the Round of 16, and we have plenty of FIFA World Cup predictions to consider.
Uruguay are deserving of being the betting online favorite. Remember that Saudi Arabia defeated Argentina, and Tunisia managed to draw against Denmark. Qatar 2022 is turning into the World Cup of surprises. South Korea is way better than Saudi Arabia and Tunisia, and that’s why we believe the Tigers of Asia will manage to earn a point. Wagering on the draw (moneyline) pays $250 per every $100, but why not win $450 or $650 per every $100 wagered? It’s quite possible.
- Picks: Correct Score – Draw 1-1 (+650) / Winning Margin – Score Draw (+450)
Uruguay’s attacking unit includes Luis Suarez, Darwin Nunez, Edinson Cavani and Maximiliano Gomez. Conversely, South Korea’s attacking unit includes Heung-min Son, Hwang Ui-jo, Cho Gue-sung and Hwang Hee-chan. La Celeste scored in seven of its last 10 matches, while the Tigers of Asia did so in eight of their last 10. There’s no way this game ends in a goalless draw.
- Picks: Both Teams to Score in the Match – Yes (+120) / Draw and Both Teams to Score – Yes (+450)
While we believe the match ends in a draw, that doesn’t mean Uruguay won’t control the action. It’s our thought Uruguay will be the first to score, meaning the Tigers of Asia have to rally. That’s something they recently did in a match against Costa Rica, having trailed, 2-1, until the 85th minute. That’s when Son converted a free kick into a goal.
- Picks: Team to Score Last – South Korea (+220)
Plenty of Options
As was mentioned before, both teams have several strikers on whom to rely. There’s no doubt that in South Korea’s realm, Son is the key. He’s captain and an extremely-skillful player, so he’ll be in charge of free-kicks and any penalties, increasing his chances of scoring.
With Uruguay, Suarez and Nunez are two very tempting options, but we’re leaning more toward Federico Valverde. Real Madrid’s midfielder never seems to get tired, and he’s very good when it comes to long-distance shots. Valverde has scored six goals in La Liga, making him the leading scorer on Madrid. He has even scored more goals than Karim Benzema.
- Picks: Heung-min Son to Score (+400) / Federico Valverde to Score (+400)
The odds and predictions in the article are based on the time of writing and publication. They may differ as to when the actual event takes place.